Books

Worth The Wait – Karen Witemeyer

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My book review of “Worth the Wait” written by Karen Witemeyer

In my view…

This book is about a woman who lives with her son in a women’s village. Because of her past and because she met an important person she decided to live here, in Harper’s Station. This woman who is named Victoria Adams and is referred to often as ‘Tori’ [in the Dutch version though], is very ambitious and starts a shop. Every item that belongs to or is part of or is needed for a household, is a come and go in this shop. Business is going well and Victoria decides to travel to some nearby villages and stop at every house. Having a chat and maybe some business can be done and she will have more customers. In this story there is not an exact time period given in which this story takes place, but you can imagine a period like 1850, before cars were invented and people travelled by horses and carriages.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I rarely found a spelling mistake and the pace of the writing style is nice. It quickens up a bit towards the end. It is a really nice short book and is an inbetweener of a series named ‘Harper’s Station’. I did not know that when I was reading it, found out later on. You do not really notice it in the writing, only that a few people seem more familiar with each other and you think you miss a piece of history somewhere. Although towards the end these pieces are completed as well so you can read it as a standalone too.

Main characters

MAIN CHARACTER(S) EXPLANATION – NOT TELLING ABOUT THE STORY

There are a lot of characters that come forward in this short novel. The main characters are Victoria Adams, Lewis Adams, Benjamin Porter and Emma Chandler (Shaw). Other quickly mentioned character names are: Malachi Shaw, Alberta Chandler, Grace Mallory, Angus Johnson, Bartholomeüs Porter, Marlow Hutchins, Paul Crawley, Hazel McPhearson, Sarah McPhearson, Colin McPhearson, Helios, Hermes, Hercules, Maybelle, Jed Crawley, Frannie Crawley, Michael Crawley, and Daphne Crawley.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

Cover from Boek.nl, link to the bookinformation page (in Dutch)

My book review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two” written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

In my view…

This story is about the life of Harry Potter and his friends, 19 years after he has defeated Voldemort and escaped death. This part starts where the film of the seventh sequel ended. London’s King Cross train station. A lot of things happen in this sequel and definitely clears up a few questions you could have had after reading the first seven books. This book is also genius written in a psychological way. There is more dialogue and you get a better view of the thoughts of the different characters. You get the feeling you get to know them better. Even after seven Harry Potter books, this one can not be ignored. This book answers some questions you probably had and some questions you probably never wandered about.

Writing style / spelling

I have read the Dutch version, which is translated from English by Wiebe Buddingh’, and I really love the style of writing. It is a script form because it is a play, a theater production. But you recognise the same style in this 8th Harry Potter sequel as the previous sequels of Harry Potter which I have read in Dutch as well. I have read the first Harry Potter in English too and the second a bit in German. What is different mostly are the names of the characters. The names of the friends of Harry Potter, the teachers, the families, the enemies and so on. But this is not disturbing because it all fits well together for the Dutch version at least! So a really good translation job from Wiebe Buddingh’ throughout all the Harry Potter sequels in Dutch. I have read the book within three days and I like the pace of the story.

Main characters

This part is the hardest part to tell. Because Harry Potter, Ginny Potter (Weasley), Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley (Granger) and Draco Malfoy are all back in this sequel. 19 Years later and a lot is going on. People come and go in the life of Harry Potter, people stay close or are torn apart of him. All this that we are used to that happens in the previous seven sequels, happens in this sequel too! Not exactly of course, but you recognise the flow of the book. You remember the previous sequels and their stories, you imagine the characters how they were and for some how they are now 19 years later. Even some plot twists of the other books are mentioned. How did J.K. Rowling think about writing it in such a genius way? Brilliant!

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Have you seen the theater play of this Harry Potter sequel?

Greetings by Sophie

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Books

Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

Advent - Gunnar Gunnarsson
Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson

My book review of “Advent” written by Gunnar Gunnarsson

In my view… and the main characters

The story is about a good shepherd who, every year in the few autumn weeks and winter days before Christmas, goes up on the mountains. This shepherd named Benedikt does not travel alone. Together with his dog Leo and his buck Knoest he sets off to the smaller roads and paths that lead to the top of the mountain.

Every year herds of sheep are living on the mountain from spring until the end of autumn. Every shepherd has to look for his herd and bring them safe home in the valley before winter starts and it will be nearly too late to travel on the mountain to get home with the sheep.

Benedikt does not have his own herd of sheep. But together with Leo and Knoest he tries to bring every sheep safe back home. He helps the other farmers and shepherds who in fact too late. That something like this happens makes it a very dangerous expedition for Benedikt and his friends. Leo has as a dog a keen sense of smell and can locate the sheep way earlier than the eyes of Benedikt in a winter storm can see. Knoest has also his specialty. When a sheep is stubborn, Knoest knows how to deal with it so the sheep does follow the shepherd Benedikt who leads them all … hopefully … back home.

“A lovely story that shows the unconditional love from a man in a small community who dares to risk his life every year for the good.” – Sophie van den Akker – 12 april 2017

Writing style / spelling

This book is translated from Danish though Gunnar Gunnarsson is Icelandic. I did not discover any grammar or spelling mistakes in the Dutch version but I can not read Danish nor Icelandic.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read this short story! You have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.  

Greetings by Sophie

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Blog, Events, Lifestyle

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Two years ago, in the early days of March, I started with this blog. I love reading and writing since I can read and write. Being creative with poems about animals, people or just things that happen during a normal day. Writing little stories with those poems and writing little stories in diaries. Now and then I thought about writing a book. I specified all the characters to start with, wrote the first half chapter and then…probably…my inspiration was gone or I was distracted in so many other things that can inspire you when you are a teenager. I was back then.

Before this blog I had as a young little girl my own “magazine” written in Word, I think this was during my Elementary School years. During my junior High School years, I had some designed ‘pet pages’ on Neopets and my own ‘Kindertent’ website with a fan page of ‘Harry Potter’ – somewhere until around 2006. And after a few years I started with my own Blogger.com website. This was somewhere during the summer holiday after graduating in 2011. Sadly I have deleted this blog, well I have transferred it to another version I made on Blogger and so on. Two blogs on Blogger and even a Google Sites blog – to have more creative possibilities – later and a little break….and it was March 2015.

During 2014 I was experiencing a bit with WordPress because this was the biggest ‘other blogging option’ left after my previous – not satisfying enough – tries. It took a couple of days before I was satisfied with the layout and thought I had all opportunities maximized in use. And back then when I just entered my early twenties…I started this blog! Two years later I am still in my early twenties though haha.

And maybe you have noticed for this anniversary: an own domain name and a new layout! 🙂 Read on for the whole story about my blogging experience.

The Headers

Twenty Fourteen theme, first header 2014 experiencing

I started back then with the ‘Twenty Fourteen’ theme and this header above.

Twenty Fourteen Theme, header 2 2015 Later on Hemingway Rewritten theme as well – switched back shortly

Later on I changed the header into a more photographic one with a butterfly. I love the blue colour of the butterfly and the green differences in the background, not just one color but a bit lively.

Theme Hemingway Rewritten primary Switched to Twenty Fourteen theme shortly – 2015

During the summer of 2015 when I started with my Facebook Page: Sophie’s Blog , I  thought about making my own featured images in a header style to show the category of a blog post. This way every post from then on has a featured image with information that shows to which category the blog post belongs. This is still my method only the header – and therefore also all those featured images by category – has changed.

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme for a long time

Simple and minimal became the new thing. Not to bright, to colourful or a bit sloppy. I started experiencing with a black and white header and attached through Photoshop symmetric two flowers bound by a line that marked my blog title and subtitle. Yes, I called my blog ‘Sophie’s Web’ because it was me writing on the web and experiencing what to do with it. Will it become a blog with one single subject? Will it become a personal website?

New layout and an own domain

Here we are! Anno 2017 at the blog anniversary. A new layout and a new own domain! Welcome to the .blog world!

2016 – Hemingway Rewritten theme shortly | 2016 + 2017 Button theme for a long time | 2017 – March: Dara Theme and own domain name

It became a mixture: A blog with all my personal interests. Not a completely single subject – or three what you see often too – blog. Not a specific book blog, film blog, series blog, IT blog, Lifestyle blog, cooking blog, recipes, gadgets and so on….

This became my combination of everything I am interested in and the subtitle of my previous header was already present in my subconscious – only doubting how it all would result.

The way it is nowadays, designed by myself in simply black and white and a touch of a curly blue sign, I feel most content with. I did some research on signs and if some were religious or had other meanings. This one does not have a particular meaning as far as I discovered. But every time when I see it, I see a bit of a music key in it. For example a twisted simplified G-clef. And I love the font too. It has also its little semi curly effects by thick and thin and straight and italic combined. Took a while before I found a font I was satisfied with.

Maybe I seem a bit picky in every aspect that has to do with my blog – such as menus, social buttons, widgets, fonts, headers, colors, sizes and so on… .
Even after two years, I won’t switch to something else than WordPress. I won’t change my whole personal website and blog.

This is who I am as a blogger, and blogging and reading and broaden my knowledge is what I like to do. Together with writing and telling – ya, people who know me personally know I can talk now and then a lot – stories about everything exciting and positive I experience. In such a broad interest because I love many sorts of things in life and I appreciate every big and every small little thing. Do things that let you smile or just enjoy.

I hope I’ll be for someone an inspiration to do joyful things in life.
Enjoy the little things as well such as watching a film, reading a book or just watching an episode of a series.
Or appreciating a nice photograph or quote or a nice supporting comment.
Appreciate it when someone gives you advice, you can probably learn from it.
Stay always true to yourself.
My blog let’s me smile for already just being there, the space where I can write stuff, gather all my interests an where I can be creative now and then.

I just keep on enjoying the joyful things in life and writing about it.
Thank you for reading this long – personal blogging – story!
Thank you for being one of my true blog fans!
Thank you for your advises!
Just thank you!

Cheers to this Happy Sophie’s Blog Anniversary!

Happily greetings by Sophie

Films

Restless (2012)

Poster from IMDb.com, their copyright.
Poster from IMDb.com, their copyright.
In my view…

The story is about a woman who is living her normal life in 1975. Thirty years after the end of World War II. Her mother is now and then a bit anxious and was until recently dependent on a wheelchair. The film is written with long flashbacks. Stories told from the mother to her daughter. And the daughter – Ruth – who is doing a research to the World War II and the role of some persons and secret services. The mother, who’s real name is not Mrs. Gilmartin but Eva Delectorskaya – has written everything down for her daughter so she can investigate what happened over 30 years ago and why her mother’s life might be still in danger.

I skip writing about the middle part because this would lead to factual spoilers. Some facts have not a lot to do with the characters or with predicting the story of the film, but give a little imagination of the settings in which the story of this film is written.

At a certain moment towards the end I found the flashbacks more confusing and they switched more quickly. But this was also important because it speeded it up a little bit and also held the tension of the film viewer close to the story.

The end – description of feelings – no facts spoiling

The end is in my opinion surprising, I did not expect that concluding end of the film. I predicted the end differently, way differently. But I did not exactly know what to expect either. The current time of the film – 1975  – was quite clear and in an average pace. But the end of the part of the flashbacks, was the part that was really surprising. Not only the end but in fact the whole part. You are constantly questioning yourself: what is yet to come?

But again, I did not expect that ending and the quickness the whole clue is being explained. So simply explained, so short, so genius. It felt like all the puzzle pieces of all characters and happenings fell into place.

The film has a sad end. And I don’t like it when people die or really good actors and actresses play an important role and one of the characters they play die. According to the story it had to be and I understand. And for the other main character, this leads to a happy end. So the film has a happy end as well.

The Writing

To write a screenplay like this – with such extremities in happy and sad, beloved and betrayed, well-kept secrets and conspiracies – is a skill not many people possesses as far as I have seen and discovered.

The Cast

This film has been made by a wonderful cast full of great British actors and actresses. Rufus Sewell who plays now and then the sweet guy and now and then the bad guy. Great actor for his role! And Michelle Dockery who is also known for her role in Downton Abbey, plays a sweet kind smart woman who knows how to stand her ground. Charlotte Rampling is the best known actress of this film. With her filmography of over 120 roles! And you will see her five! times this year in the cinemas. And of course the good lord of the Harry Potter films – after late Richard Harris – Michael Gambon! Also names that are coming up such as Alexander Fehling and Tom Brooke

 

Trailer:

I am not telling too much about the story – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it times and if you did not figure out the story completely, it is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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Series

Arrow | Season Three

My series review of “Arrow | Season Three” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

 

In my view…

Previously I have written about the first two seasons: Arrow | Season One and Arrow | Season Two

This season is after the second the most storytelling one. Some characters are back in the world of Starling City, a world beyond even occurs and nearly everybody has his or her own secrets. The Arrow started with one man and is now formed as a group. But the group is not working well together and they try, or at least ‘The Arrow’ tries, to have a break from being the hero of Starling City and fight the unrightousness.

There is only one character that plays a constant small but important role in this season. Sadly he has to go, for now…if he comes back in the further seasons which could happen, is not clear right now (I am still watching season 4).

There is not móre action in this season, but the fighting skills are definitely improved and makes it a beautiful season full of fighting scenes and choreography to watch. In this season is very important about what is history, what is said. About the future, what will be said, is promised and so on and therefore this season feels like an inbetweener. Soon after the second season you start with this season. And after finishing it you are eagerly waiting to start with the fourth season.

So if you liked the second season of Arrow because of it’s action and the first season because of it’s stories and conspiracies. This season combines both to the next level! Watch every episode carefully because now counts everything what has been said or done.

The main characters

In the review of Arrow | Season One, I have written about the main characters Oliver Queen, his mother Moira, his sister Thea and his friends.

In the review of Arrow | Season Two, I have written about the new characters: Roy Harper. detective Quentin Lance, Sara Lance.

This season there is one character that is gonna play a big role: Damien Dhark. But who he is and what he does becomes more clear in season 4.

My rating this time is a 9 / 10 because there is so much information put in just 23 episodes and so much is going on. It feels like a season that is the ‘inbetweener’ and is still a bit confusing after season two. The distinction between season two and season three, and season three and season four is not that big which makes it more of a one complete story. And in my opinion this season is a bit more dark and sad. Though there is also a lot of happiness and love. Such contrasts and a little grey area. This makes it for me a rating of 9 / 10.

First episode of season two

The Calm
“As a new enemy emerges seven months after Slade’s attack upon Starling City, Oliver Battles with the help of his teammate Roy. However, with the Arrow’s presence elsewhere someone he had loved dearly is hurt.” (source IMDb)

The first episode of this second season had it’s première on 17 January 2015. Nearly a two years after the first episode of season one (3 February 2013). The 23rd and last episode of this season was on 17 May 2015.

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Series

Arrow | Season Two

My series review of “Arrow | Season Two” a creation by Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television .

Title:  Arrow | Season Two
Genre: Action / Adventure / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi
Creators / Screenwriters: Greg Berlanti / Andrew Kreisberg / Mark Guggenheim
Writer (book):  Comic books: Morton Weisinger and George Papp. Appeared first in ‘More Fun Comics #73’ in November 1941.
Country: USA
Language spoken: English / Spanish / Chinese
Release Date: 5 January 2014
Time: ~ 42 minutes every episode
Production Companies: Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television
IMDb rating: 8,1 / 10
Rating:  9, 8 / 10

This is definitely my favourite action and adventure series!

I hope you like the series too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Music, YouTube

London Grammar – Rooting For You

A bit of history of London Grammar

With the new year, London Grammar, a music trio formed by Hannah Reid, Daniel Rothman and Dominic (Dot) Major. Their debut was back in february 2013 with the EP ‘Metal & Dust’. They released their album ‘If You Wait’ in September 2013 and two music videos were released in 2014. After that it was a bit quiet for the past two years. But now, at the start of 2017 they have released a new song and a new music video! The second video they have uploaded with the YouTube London Grammar Vevo account.

The video

In the first part Hannah sings just a capella, but halfway she is accompanied by a strings ensemble and a piano, directed by a conductor.

Hannah has a beautiful voice that reminds a bit of several artists. It sounds like a mix of all of them. Such as: Anouk Teeuwe (Dutch artist), Lisa Gerrard, the Celtic Woman group. Lovely mixture and I had never heard of this British group before.

London Grammar – Rooting For You

133,880 views | 4K175 | LondonGrammarVEVO | Published on 31 Dec 2016 | SUBSCRIBE 3K
Official live video for the new track “Rooting For You” by London Grammar. DOWNLOAD/STREAM the single here: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/RFYiTunes Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/RFYAppleMusic Spotify: http://smarturl.it/RFYSpotify SUBSCRIBE for more videos from London Grammar: http://bit.ly/LG-SUBSCRIBE – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – CONNECT with London Grammar: http://londongrammar.com http://facebook.com/londongrammar http://twitter.com/londongrammar http://instagram.com/londongrammar http://soundcloud.com/londongrammar

Enjoy watching and listening to it!

Greetings by Sophie

 

Lists, Music

The Radio 2 Top 2000 2016 | Dutch edition – Top 3

The Radio 2 Top 2000

The yearly Radio 2 Top 2000 list is a famous music list that changes every year and adds some new songs but also keep some good old oldies. People can vote for a few weeks on 20 listed songs of the past couple of years and have also 15 totally free choices to give some input of what should be – in their opinion – on the list.

We could vote until a few days ago and today the complete Top 3 is known. And known by age group.

The complete list will be published at monday 19th december 2016. It is a genius list always in a way that it starts at december 25th, at 09:00 in the morning and ends at december 31st 23:59 or to say: exactly when the new year will start. You hear music all day and all night, with now and then some speeches from the radio commentators but they have a tight schedule so every song we can listen to every song.

Have you once voted for such a yearly music list?

The Top 3 of 2017
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. Hotel California – Eagles
  3. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
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Books

Martin Misunderstood – Karin Slaughter

Cover from goodreads.com
Cover from goodreads.com

My book review of “Martin Misunderstood” written by

In my view…

This story is about Martin Reed, a middle-aged man, still living at home with his mother and working for a cleaning company as accountant. He has a normal life that goes on and on in a simple way. The book is written in a such a way that it seems like you are just reading a novel about a man in his daily life. Suddenly events took place – not really written – and Martin gets accused of murder. At this point, nearly halfway the book, this book becomes a thriller story. I thought I would like the book but more and more towards the end I became less and less fond of it. I would have rated it with 1 star / 5 stars, when the story was not that genius. In the end the story is not solved, or solved in a bad sad way. Depends on how you see it, but I dislike it this way. The main character is genius written, that’s the positive thing.

Writing style / spelling

The pace of the story starts slow and halfway it speeds up. I have not found any grammar or spelling mistakes but some sentences were doubtful. The style of how this book is written, is not really suited for me. In my opinion it is even a psychological thriller and not just a thriller, nor a mystery crime because it is not really about the events that took place. It is more about the psychological go-through in such situations. Not what I expected to read at all.

Main characters

The main character is Martin Reed, a middle-aged man working as accountant at a cleaning company. He still lives with his mother Evelyn Reed together and her character totally turns 180º degrees. Nortan Shaw is the employer of Martin and his colleagues Daryl Matheson, Unique Jones, Sandra Burke and Darla Gantry. At a sudden point Martin gets visited by two detectives named Bruce Benedict and Anther Anabahda. His lawyer is Max Jergens who is a kind of pro-deo (pro bono) lawyer. And he meets Gloria Koslowski a shop owner. But from the moment on he gets the visit of the two detectives, I did not like the book anymore.

That I do not like the book does not mean it is not a good book. The book (style)  just not suited for me and probably I will not read it again. 

Greetings by Sophie

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